Organ Harvesting from “prisoners persecuted for their faith” « prisoners of conscience »:
organ can be found within week
New evidence has emerged of organ harvesting still occurring in China, this time from a South Korean television documentary, despite Chinese official pronouncement that such abuses have ended.
A program called “Investigative Report 7,” broadcast on TV Chosun, a cable network owned by one of South Korea’s largest newspapers, Chosun Ilbo, went undercover to probe the phenomenon of South Korean medical tourists traveling to China for organ transplant surgery. The segment aired in South Korea on Nov. 15.
The program’s crew traveled to a hospital in Tianjin City, northeastern China, under the pretense that they were inquiring about surgery for a South Korean patient with kidney disease in need of a transplant.
The reporter, with a secret camera, filmed his interactions with the hospital staff, who informed him that a matching organ can be found within weeks. If the patient’s family is willing to donate additional money to the hospital’s charity, the waiting period can be sped up and the patient can be assigned to a matching organ sooner, a nurse told the reporter. The documentary did not specify precisely when the incidents took place, though it appears to have been earlier this year.
Where could the organs, which seem to be readily available at request, be coming from?
Based on The Epoch Times’ own award-winning, extensive reportage on organ harvesting in the past, one of the major sources is likely from prisoners of conscience who are held inside China’s prisons for their faith. This includes principally practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that the Chinese regime has banned and severely persecuted since 1999. The organs are likely forcibly taken from their bodies, causing their death in the process.
Other target groups for organ harvesting include Uyghur Muslims, who have been subjected to widespread blood testing and DNA-typing, as well as individuals who aresimply kidnapped off the streets in China.
Footage of surgery rooms within the Tianjin First Central Hospital, captured on the South Korean documentary. (Screenshot via YouTube)
The Chinese regime has consistently claimed that the organs come from executed prisoners. But the number of organ transplants performed far exceeds the number of executions, which has dropped significantly in recent years. The official explanation is far from sufficient for accounting for the level of observable transplant activity, particularly considering that the country’s voluntary organ donor system is minimal. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, disturbing a person’s corpse after death is taboo.
The documentary also notes these discrepancies, citing previous reports by independent researchers—and arrives at the same conclusions about the likelihood of an organ bank with prisoners being killed on order for transplant surgery.
But the program is rare, concrete evidence—directly from Chinese hospital staff and South Korean doctors—that organ harvesting continues unabated today, fueled in part by foreigners desperate to prolong their lives with transplant surgery.